Your 2021 Resolution Is In! Taking on the Capsule Wardrobe

Having a cohesive style can be hard. A lot of us have too many clothes and no real “style” among them. You probably have things in your closet that you haven’t worn in years (if you’ve worn them at all). 

There’s a better and more efficient way to make your fashion work for you. It might be time to compress everything into a capsule wardrobe. 

You can do capsule wardrobes for specific seasons, long trips, or anything else that requires a bit of minimalism. 

If you’re ready to downsize your closet, you’re in the right place. Keep reading for our guide on capsule wardrobes so that you can up your fashion game.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a way to minimize your wardrobe in order to maximize your style. Basically, you have a small collection of clothing that you mix and match for all of your outfits. You scale your whole closet back. Sometimes you’ll match colors, sometimes prints. 

Everything should be able to be paired.

Minimalism has been in for a few years now when people discovered the magic of decluttering and the unsustainability of the average fast fashion shopper. 

Having too many items of clothing that you don’t wear is bad for your wallet, the environment, and the workers. It’s also not doing you any favors for personal style. If you have too many options, there’s no way you’re curating a style that’s really you. 

While there’s no problem mixing styles or having a hodgepodge of different fashion ideas, if you’re looking to be cohesive a capsule wardrobe is the way to go. 

Do I Have to Use One Wardrobe for Everything? 

You don’t have to use the same wardrobe year-round. If you live in a four-season climate this would be inconvenient. You can have a fall capsule wardrobe full of sweaters, leggings, and boots. You can have a summer capsule wardrobe with a bathing suit, sandals, and light and flowy outfits. 

You can even have a work capsule wardrobe or a travel capsule wardrobe.

All of these wardrobes serve their purposes. This might seem like it misses the point, but it will still help you scale back all of those extra clothes that you don’t use. Having several mini wardrobes will still serve you better than one giant one. 

You’ll also be more organized. 

How Do I Downsize? 

Downsizing might seem overwhelming at first. You’ve been collecting clothes for your entire adult life (and sometimes before. Who else has old summer camp tee shirts from their childhood?). 

This doesn’t have to be done all at once and you don’t have to throw things away immediately. You can take your time and ponder some items while you figure out what’s right for you. 

You can also keep some favorites even if they don’t fit in. This is your wardrobe after all, no one else is holding your hand while you try to make it work. 

While you’re decluttering, consider the Konmari method. Does this piece of clothing spark joy? Does it still provide value to you? 

Divide your clothing into sections to make this easier. You can go with bottoms, tops, and accessories, or just do whatever makes sense. Then you’re going to put your clothing items into categories. 


This one is self-explanatory. The items that “spark joy” are going to be kept. You’ll find that as you go through your clothing, these items will often be in the same colors or styles. 

You’ll realize what things that you wear and want to continue wearing. Make sure that you have clothing for all weather and occasions included in this section. 

Throw Away

Some things just won’t be useful to anyone anymore.

You have clothing that has rips and tears (and not for aesthetic reasons). There will be some fast fashion items that are falling apart at the seams, or they’re so dated that no one will use them.

The “throw-away” category can also be used for things that you’ll turn into rags or fabric swatches for other projects. Reuse and recycle! 

Donate or Sell

When you find things that are in good shape but aren’t your style anymore, throw them into the donate pile. This can be hard, but it’s an important step. Someone else can use these clothes even if you can’t.

If you’re in need of extra funds (to supplement your wardrobe, perhaps), try using online selling sites to sell some of your items. Fashionable clothes that are in good condition sell well! 


If you’re attached to an item that should be in the “throw-away” category, consider trying to fix it instead. Some small problems can be patched or sewn until the item is like new. This is useful for vintage items or pieces that were expensive. 

How Do I Make a Small Wardrobe Work for Me?

A capsule wardrobe is all about mixing and matching. For example, if you have an all-black wardrobe, it’s easy to mix tops and bottoms without running into any issues with mismatched clothes. 

Find things that make sense as multiple outfits. Dresses can be made into skirts or tops with ease. Shirts can be worn alone or with blazers. A pair of shoes or a good piece of statement jewelry can change an entire look. 

Part of the challenge of a capsule wardrobe is being creative! How can you style yourself when you’re limited?

You’ll find that your outfits will get more refined and cohesive once you get the hang of the capsule wardrobe.

Are You Curating Your Capsule Wardrobe?

If you’re ready to customize your style, a capsule wardrobe is a great challenge for you to apply to your 2021 fashion goals. 

Enter the new year with a cohesive style that screams you.

For more posts on creating your perfect style, visit our site. We’ve got all of the tips you need. 

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